Celery is one of the most moisturizing foods we can add to our diet. Its juice is very nutritious, it is incredibly alkalizing, it equalizes the PH of the body, which is vital for health. In ancient times, it was considered a medicinal plant and was used to treat a variety of conditions. Minerals, vitamins and nutrients are in perfect harmony. Celery leaves are rich in vitamin A, while stems are an excellent source of vitamins B1, B2, B6 and C and packed with potassium, folic acid, calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, sodium and essential amino acids. This excellent food also contains important concentrations of plant hormones and very special essentials that give the celery its characteristic odor. These oils help regulate the nervous system and have a calming effect. Celery is rich in sodium which is very different from table salt. Normal table salt is composed of insoluble inorganic compounds that lead to the development of varicose veins, hardening of arteries and other foods and if processed, all minerals and nutrients are destroyed. Instead, the sodium that is available in celery is soluble and organic (live), and is essential for the body. Organic salt allows the body to use the other nutrients normally taken and it is essential for the body. Organic salt allows the body to use the other nutrients normally taken.

Every cell in our body is constantly immersed in a saline solution and if the level of salt is not in balance, dehydration occurs. For this reason celery juice is a perfect rehydrating drink for athletes. Other benefits of celery juice are its anti-cancer properties — At least eight families of anti-cancer compounds are present in celery. A study conducted at Rutgers University in New Jersey found that celery contains a number of compounds that help prevent the spread of cancer cells. It contains compounds called acetylenics that have been shown to stop the growth of cancer cells. Moreover contains other compounds called phonolic acids that block the action of hormone-like substances called prostaglandins, which promote the growth of cancer cells. Coumarin is another present phytonutrient that helps prevent free radicals from damaging cells, developing colon and stomach cancers. It is useful for fighting cholesterol.

Laboratory studies indicate that butylphthalide, one of the chemical constituents in celery oil, can help reduce LDL (bad) cholesterol. According to researchers at the University of Chicago, celery reduces cholesterol levels by as much as 7 points with just 2 stems a day. It also helps to increase the secretion of bile acids whose primary function is to allow digestion of dietary fats and oils. It helps digestion with special nutrients that are released during pressing. This also makes celery a natural laxative that relieves constipation. It is diuretic — Potassium and sodium in its juice are powerful regulators of body fluids that stimulate urine production, helping your body to shed excess fluid. It is anti-inflammatory. It fights inflammation including rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, gout, asthma and bronchitis. A study published in the context of the Proceedings of the US National Academy of Science found that another powerful phytonutrient called luteolin prevents the activation of a pathway that allows brain inflammation.

Luteolin also inhibits excess production of TNF-alpha, a direct cause of inflammation. Regulates blood pressure: the potential of celery for reducing high blood pressure has long been recognized by Chinese medicine. Studies show that drinking celery juice every day for 1 week can significantly help reduce blood pressure. A compound called phthalides helps relax the muscles around the arteries, dilating the vessels and allowing the blood to flow smoothly. It can also reduce stress hormones, one of which is to cause constriction of blood vessels. When the researchers injected celery-derived 3-n-butylphthalide into laboratory animals, the animals’ blood pressure decreased from 12 to 14 percent. Surprisingly the sanoan does not act on the already low blood pressure. It fights insomnia. Minerals and essential oils in its juice have a calming effect on the nervous system, which makes it useful for those suffering from insomnia. Its high magnesium levels help relieving anxiety and stress. Weight Loss — Drinking celery juice often during the day helps reduce cravings for sweets. It limits and prevents kidney stones. The celery juice is an amazing eliminator of toxins from the body, which helps break and eliminate stones from the bladder and bile ducts. One particularly delicious and powerful combination is with carrot, apple and cucumber.

Source: MediMagazine

Translated by: Chris Montanelli